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where to purchase bath fixtures?

Posted by southernstitcher (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 22, 13 at 21:01

I've been told not to purchase any of my fixtures at the big box stores, as most of them have plastic innards. Is this true? I'm certainly seeing a major price difference. We're on a pretty strict budget here, but I want things that will last. What exactly should I be looking at in the descriptions of the products that make a difference? Thanks!

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RE: where to purchase bath fixtures?

I'm not convinced that plastic innards is necessarily a bad thing.
Plastic valve stems - bad
plastic cartridge body - not bad
I'd stay away from fixtures with plastic escutcheons and other trim pieces.
Big box stores have some really cheap stuff, but they also carry somer decent mid-grade fixtures.

RE: where to purchase bath fixtures?

I'm not an expert but I also agree about fact that plastic is not always bad. It many cases it is better than metal at least in a bathroom or kitchen. Plastic doesn't rust. Read the customer reviews thoroughly. Not all are written by people who you should listen to but try to find fixtures that have a LOT of reviews and pick the ones where most are satisfied and better yet, quite pleased with the product. Doesn't hurt to buy the brands known for high quality - Hansgrohe and Grohe come to mind if you are really undecided.

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